April 12, 2010

Passengers Increase 8 Percent First QTR 2010

PASSENGER NUMBERS UP 8 PERCENT FOR FIRST QUARTER AT DULUTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Duluth, MN - Duluth International Airport officials announced today that passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2010 was up 8 percent over first quarter 2009.

"Demand for flights in and out of Duluth is increasing, and that's good news for the airport and for everyone who lives in this region," says Duluth Airport Authority Executive Director Brian Ryks.

A total of 65,796 passengers went through the airport's gates in January, February and March of 2010.

Looking at each month individually, passenger numbers were up 7.2 percent in January, 7.8 percent in February and 8.9 percent in March, compared to the same months in 2009.

Ryks attributes growth in passenger numbers to new service from Allegiant Air to Orlando and United Airlines to Chicago. "To retain and attract new non-stop destinations from Duluth, it is critical that consumers continue to take advantage of these options. Additional carriers create healthy competition for the long term, which means more competitive airfares and more flight options," he explains.

About Duluth International Airport

Duluth International Airport is the region's largest airport, with a 24-hour FAA control tower and two runways, including one of the longest runways in Minnesota at 10,162 feet.

Delta Airlines offers seven daily nonstop flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul and two daily nonstop flights to Detroit; United Express offers twice daily nonstop flights to Chicago; Allegiant Air offers two weekly nonstop flights to Las Vegas and two weekly nonstop flights to Orlando.

The airport is currently undergoing phase 1 of a $65 million new terminal project. The airport will remain fully operational throughout the project. For additional information, visit www.duluthairport.com.

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